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      JULY 15, 2017

Twist and Twist and Twist!

     Chubby Checker – born Ernest Evans in October, 1941– initially dreamed of being a musician in the same way that many other artistic people have: he was inspired. In his case, it was a young piano prodigy named Sugar Child Impression that his mother took him to see when he was a young boy growing up in South Philadelphia.

     In an interview with The St. Louis Times, Checker told us that, “From the age of six on, I kept telling my friends and relatives that I was going to be a big star on radio and T.V. Eventually, they got tired of hearing it though.” After seeing Sugar Child, Ernest quickly decided to form his own street corner harmony group and his rising star soon spread a lot farther than South Philly.

     By the time he got to high school, which he attended with a fellow rising star, Fabian Forte, Ernest spent a lot of his time there learning what would help him the most in his future career: playing the piano.

      He was constantly singing and making jokes at a local poultry shop where he worked part-time and soon came to the attention of its owner, Frank Colt, because of the way he entertained the customers. “I was always singing, so he finally decided to put me on the loudspeaker and lots of people started coming in because of it.”

      Colt and his partner, Cal Mann – who wanted to go into the music business himself – were soon able to acquire Evans a private recording session with Dick Clark himself. He recorded several variations of “Jingle Bells” and Clark was so impressed and enjoyed the cut to such a degree that he sent it out to all of his friends and associates as a sort of Christmas card. It was Clark’s wife who gave young Ernest the nickname that would eventually stick for good.

     “The Chubby part came from Tony Anastasi, who I used to work for at a produce market. I didn’t really like the nickname, but he said that if I was going to work for him, then I’d have to get used to it. Dick Clark’s wife gave me the Checker part because it was the opposite of Domino, as in Fats Domino.”

      Checker, who will be 76 in October, was signed by the Philadelphia label, Cameo-Parkway in 1959. His first single, “The Class”, became a minor novelty hit that same year, but it wasn’t until the next year that he had his first taste of success with the now legendary Hank Ballard tune, “The Twist”. 

     The new version deemphasized the sexual overtones, focusing instead on the “happy-go-lucky” charms of the song. Chubby worked hard at promoting it for 14 months and the song became a dance sensation. His career took off soon after, in the midst of his covering other soon-to-be hits, such as “Do the Pony”.

     He had been influenced by a lot of musicians in his younger days, from Eddie Arnold and Gene Autry to Louis Jordan and Nat King Cole, and their influences would help him throughout his career in later years. “When I was growing up, there were a lot of different types of music that I was aware of and listened to, including country as well.”

     By the fall of 1961, Checker enjoyed even more fame when “The Twist” re-entered the charts and soon became Number One by January of 1962. Not just a temporary accomplishment for Checker, no other single before or since has ever done that!

     “Musically speaking, it was like I was Bell, Edison, Carver or Disney. The reason that I refer to those men is that it was the first time that people had ever stood apart from each other and danced to the beat.” If you combine the two separate chart runs, “The Twist” was on the U.S. charts for a total of nine months.

     Chubby continued to enjoy success with hits like “The Fly” and “Let’s Twist Again” in 1961, which won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance. He even starred in a pair of feature films – Twist Around the Clock in 1961 and Don’t Knock the Twist the very next year. Although focusing mainly on the music with less emphasis on the plot, obviously Elvis wasn’t the only one who had a film career!

     His career dominated the Hit Parade through the sixties, with 32 chart hits and he helped to usher in many new types of dances that America’s young people had never experienced before. “I put all of these dances together over the course of just 38 months and ‘The Twist’ eventually became the biggest song of the 60’s.”

     If he hadn’t entered the music business, it was obvious to him what he would have done instead. “I wanted to build an area the size of Chicago with all of the huge buildings and skyscrapers. You know; someone along the lines of Donald Trump.” Creativity was obviously strong with Checker, regardless of what he ended up doing for his main career in life.

     When asked about some of the other performers on the scene during his early career, Checker was impressed by the likes of Little Richard, Bill Haley and, of course, Elvis.

     “Elvis was very popular, very nice-looking, but like Eminem today, he was built. He had the tools and a lot of help from people who knew what they were doing. He may be the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but it had already been around for awhile by the time he came on the scene.”

     One of his personal heroes that he expresses a great deal of admiration for wasn’t even a musician, but did make one of the biggest lasting impacts on the era. “Alan Freed [the Cleveland DJ who allegedly coined the term “Rock ‘n’ Roll”] would only play the originals of all of these songs that were being created.

     Most of the songs were originally written by little black kids and once a white performer “adopted” your song, then you disappeared completely. Alan refused to do that and by playing the originals, he probably didn’t make people in the music business very happy, but he did an honorable thing.”

     They did honor Freed, though, by inducting him into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland – in addition to putting the museum itself in his hometown – but strangely enough, Checker isn’t in there. At least, not yet…

     “I told them that they could at least put a statue of me in the courtyard outside since everyone inside is doing my dances,” he jokes. Although certainly far from bitter, he does feel that, “the worst thing in the world is to be overlooked. I survive through my performances. That’s the best part, the part that is the real experience for me and the audience.”

     For anyone wanting to go into the music business, he offers a little advice:

             “The rules are still the same, it hasn’t changed, but it can be tough on you if you wear the wrong outfit or aren’t up with the trends. It will keep you away from home and vice will always be at your doorstep, so you have to be vigilant. Regardless of what anybody says, the music has always been about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. These rappers today aren’t doing anything different from what Sinatra was doing. They may be a little more explicit and he may have been in a tux with violins around him, but it’s the same message.”

     Although Checker feels a little disappointment over the way some of the performers of his era have been treated, slighted or even ignored, his love of the music seems to carry him through. He’s not jaded, but does sometimes wonder what will happen to all of the music that was produced in the 50’s and 60’s and if their originators will be remembered for it or not in years to come.

     “What’s the first thing you think of when I say, ‘How sweet it is to be loved by you?’ You don’t think of Marvin [Gaye], you think of James Taylor. When Elvis sang ‘Hound Dog’, he was singing the song of a woman named Mama Thornton.”

     Once one realizes things like this, it does tend to make more sense because Thornton was obviously singing about a man acting like a dog and treating her poorly. Checker seems most concerned that this true heritage of popular music isn’t being preserved and the real pioneers aren’t being respected in the way that they should be.

     If Checker could have done anything differently, he might have chosen to build those big buildings, after all, instead of being a performer.  Maybe. “Music has given me everything, but it can be rough. I take one day at a time and I can only tell you where I’ve been because nobody can say what the future will bring.”

     In 1964, Chubby married Catharina Lodders who was Miss World 1962 and they are still happily married to this day. After the public’s interest in dance records dwindled in the late 60’s, Checker turned to folk music, and he even did nightclub tours for awhile.

     In 1982, he signed on with MCA and released The Change Has Come, which was a disco-inspired record that had minor hits with the singles “Running” and “Harder than Diamond”. In 1988, he was in the Top 40 again for the first time in 25 years when he did a guest turn on the Fat Boys rap rendition of “The Twist”.

      He continues to record and tour now, in fact, his newest album, “Limbo Re-Mixes, The Original Master of the Dance Hall Beat (recorded with Inner Circle), was on the Billboard charts from December 2003 to September 2004.

     He also continues to be regularly played on Radio Disney, a station that is directed towards younger children, but remains to be one of the few large stations that persist in playing his music on a regular basis. If the younger kids are enjoying it and realize the impact that Chubby Checker made on popular music, maybe there is a future for the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll, after all, even if sometimes it doesn’t always seem that way.

Reprinted from St. Louis Times



August 3 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Des Peres Hospital

Des Peres Hospital is hiring for a variety of nursing, clinical and non-clinical positions. Join us for our Career Fair, August 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visit for more information.
Simone Valle, Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare)

Cardinal Ritter Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Nursing Home Administrator for Mary Queen & Mother Center Skilled Nursing Facility. Responsibility for managing Mary, Queen and Mother Center in accordance with the policies and philosophy established by the Board of Directors. The Administrator plans, directs, implements and evaluates all activities of the nursing home in order to provide the highest quality care for all residents and to provide for a favorable work environment for all employees. Must meet license requirements for a nursing home administrator in the State of Missouri. Bachelor Degree in health care administration, business administration or related field; Masters Degree preferred. Minimum of five years experience in an administrative position at a health care facility or related experience. Competitive wages, excellent benefits package and nice place to work.
Allan Standberry,  Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

CRSS is seeking to hire a Social Services Manager MSW to provide clinical Social Work services and provide supervision to professional social work staff in providing Community Information and Referral; Casework Services; supervising social work staff at Adult Day Care and Assisted Living Facilities. Responsible for data management and grant reporting for department.
Allan Standberry,  Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is looking to hire an Assistant Director of Nursing to assist the Director of Nursing in coordinating, directing, staffing, and evaluating the 24 hour operation of Nursing Services in order to meet the nursing needs of the residents. Competitive wages and excellent benefits. Previous work experience required for success in the position. Current Missouri registered nursing license, or current Missouri licensed practical nursing license is required with at least five (5) years experience in long term care. Knowledge of regulations pertaining to long term care and medical records. Competitive wage and excellent benefits package.
Allan Standberry, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

St. John Neumann Apartments

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire an Apartment Manager for its HUD facility St. John Neumann Apartments to provide on-site apartment management. Works closely with staff, applicants and residents to provide quality care through promotion of health and social services including economical, spiritual and emotional needs of residents.  Associate degree in Business Administration or Accounting is desired. Certification, or the ability to be certified, by an agency such as Quadel, is required. Experience in apartment management is preferred. Knowledge of and experience working with computers, capable of using Microsoft Excel and Word programs necessary. Competitive wages and excellent benefits package.
Allan Standberry,  Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management

Are you organized and good with numbers? Paying bills, balancing a checkbook, or reading mail can become challenging for many reasons. Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers age 21 and older to help older adults manage these financial tasks. Volunteer Money Management is currently available in the greater St. Louis area, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County, as well as the Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe. Knowing that the bills are paid and the checkbook is balanced gives many people peace of mind. We receive many requests for Volunteer Money Management services and there is always a demand for additional, caring people to become involved. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult in your community remain independent. This free program is an interfaith partnership between Lutheran Senior Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and AgeSmart Community Resources. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website at
Laural Crues,  Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474,  

Pyramid Home Health

We have immediate openings for Homemaker Aides/Personal Care Aides in St. Louis City and St. Louis county. Do you have a friend or family member needing assistance with household chores or personal care? Would you like a new career helping people age at home? Pyramid Home Health Services has the job for you. We will beat other provider’s hourly pay rates and you will receive up to 80- hours of bonus paid time off (PTO). Additionally, both full and part time employees earn PTO at Pyramid- up to 80-hours annually. You can take this paid time off or choose to take it as additional pay. Full-time employees of Pyramid also receive 6-paid holidays annually and medical insurance for $30 per month. START YOUR CAREER TODAY! Call 1-800-699-1746 or visit our website ( and apply online. Pyramid Home Health Services is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA
Mary Tripp,  Pyramid Home Health Services, 573-339-1864,

A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care

Now Looking For Mature & Dependable CNA's & Home-Maker Aides Serving St.Louis City/ St. Louis County/St.Charles/St.Peters Area/South St Louis City. Please call now.
Barbara Jackson,  A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care, LLC, 314-733-5100,



July 18 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Old Hickory Golf Course

It's Time to ROCK THE WALK! Join us for our 2017 Team Kick-Off Party! July 18, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Old Hickory Golf Course, 1 Dye Club Dr., St. Charles MO. Enjoy appetizers, drinks and attendance prizes.  Please RSVP by July 11th, to

Mary Williams,, Alzheimer's Association, 314-280-1617



July 29 – 7:45 a.m.

370 Lakeside Park, St. Peters, MO

3rd Annual Race to Remember 5K Run & 1-mile walk on July 29, 2017 held at 370 Lakeside Park, St Peters, MO.  Timing by Big River Running.  5K start time is 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. 1-mile walk.  Entry Fees are $30 for 5K and $20 for 1-mile walk.  Packet pick-up begins 6 a.m. day of the event at Lakeside 370. Sponsorships are still available.   For additional information, please contact Amber Campbell at or Steve Garner  

Mary Williams,, Alzheimer's Association, 314-280-1617,



August 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fabick Nature Preserve

Fenton Trail Mix Challenge: Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come tackle this 2 mile course at Fabick Nature Preserve, sponsored by Commerce Bank. This course may sound easy at first, but with the steep hilly terrain, wooded trails, and of course the obstacles set up along the way, this run will "Challenge" even the best of runners. Top 3 male and female finishers will be announced. Ages 12 and older will be allowed to participate.

Angie Meyer,   RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,  



Mondays, to August 28 – 9:00 a.m.

Monarch Levee Trail

Each Monday until August 28 at 9:00 a.m. join us for a leisurely bike ride on the Monarch Levee Trail. Immerse yourself in a leisurely bike ride on the paved Monarch Levee Trail. The route starts at the trailhead in the athletic complex located near the football fields. Distance will be determined by the group on the day of the event. Helmet required. Flat repair kit, water and snacks recommended. This is event is free.

Mary Klauke,  City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9510,



November 10 – 12

Ozarks Trout Lodge

Calling all Women! Join YMCA of the Ozarks at Trout Lodge for a 3 day Outdoor Women's Wellness Weekend! Bring yourself, your best friend, your work group, or your adult daughter to share in a weekend filled with activities to feed the mind, body and spirit. Some activities include: Trail rides on horseback, ziplining, climbing, boating, ceramics, yoga, survival training hike, self-defense for women, yoga, shotgun basics, archery, painting with wine, and more. This is an adults only weekend, 2 night, 3 day stay at Trout Lodge, November 10-12, 2017. Please contact Ashley Lanier for registration details: 573-438-2154 ext 223 or We look forward to seeing you!

Ashley Lanier,  YMCA Trout Lodge, 573-438-2154,  



Mondays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hylton Point

You are invited to participate in a weekly free wellness screening. Screenings for individuals over 55 include: blood pressure readings, weight check, blood sugar readings, as well as prayer and spiritual support by a Lutheran Senior Services Parish Nurse. Every reading is taken by a Wellness Kiosk with print outs available to take to your doctor. Don't miss this free resource today. Hylton Point Apartments, 933 Belt Ave, St. Louis, Mo 63112. Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call Savanna to make an appointment 314-367-7697.

Savanna Little,  Lutheran Senior Services, 314-367-7697,



Tuesdays - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LSS Rose Hill House

Take control of your health and take control of your life. Wellness Kiosks are specialized computers operated by our Parish Nurses. The kiosks measure blood pressure, weight and blood glucose levels. With our LSS Registered Parish Nurse on hand in the kiosk, you can stay on track with your health. This free service is now being offered at LSS Rose Hill House, Affordable Housing for seniors, every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 225 West Rose Hill Avenue in the beautiful heart of Kirkwood, MO. Call 314-822-4928 for your appointment today.

Vanessa Fakes,  LSS Rose Hill House I & II, 314-822-4928,   



Wednesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Village at Mackenzie Place

Free Health Screening with a Parish Nurse. Insurance information not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services at The Village at Mackenzie Place, 8520 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123. Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 314-884-7909.

Melita Hodzic,  Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7909



Thursdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hilltop Manor

Hilltop Manor, a Lutheran Senior Services senior community is offering free wellness screenings with a Parish Nurse. Screenings include blood pressure readings, blood sugar screenings, and pulse and weight checks for all seniors 55+. A parish nurse is also available for prayer, spiritual support and resources. Many who are already taking advantage of this program are aware of the positive benefits it brings to their health. Please pass this on to any family or church members, friends or home health aides that may be interested. Call Michelle Herrick, Service Coordinator, for your appointment. Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 636-938-6442, 11 Hilltop Village Center Drive, Eureka, MO 63025.

Michelle Herrick,  Lutheran Senior Services, 636-938-6442,  



First Thursday of the Month

Health Resource Center

Saint Louis University’s Health Resource Center and the Geriatric Education Center (GEC) are offering a free comprehensive geriatric assessment clinic for people 65 years of age or older, on the first Thursday of every month at the Health Resource Center located at 1408 N. Kingshighway Blvd #213, St. Louis, MO, 63113. A comprehensive assessment is more extensive than a screening appointment. The appointment is approximately two hours in length and includes assessments by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nutrition and social work professionals. To schedule an appointment please contact the SLU Geriatrics Division Office at 314-977-8462.

Kathy Leonard,  Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, 314-977-8848,   



It's Doggone Adorable! Stonecrest at Clayton View teams with the APA to bring its residents some cuddly medicine through anecdotes and research.  It's well-known that pets can help people of all ages reduce stress, loneliness, depression, lower blood pressure and more. However, as a person ages, they often can no longer sufficiently care for a pet on a daily basis. As part of its “Vibrant Life” program, Stonecrest at Clayton View has recently teamed with the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) to find a way that animals, specifically puppies and kittens, can be a part of the extended family at Stonecrest and enrich the lives of their residents. This past February, Uber partnered with the APA and brought a few puppies for 15 minutes of cuddles to Stonecrest at Clayton View, the newly opened residential care community located in Richmond Heights, through its #UberPuppies project. This sparked an idea with the staff at Stonecrest, as some of their employees had occasionally brought their own dogs in for a day here and there, but nothing on a regular basis.  To learn more of this story, please contact us.

Annemarie  Schumacher,  Stonecrest at Clayton View




Healthline In-Home and CDS

Do you are someone you know have Medicaid that would like to remain in the comfort of their home but need help with daily living activities? If you answered yes, then contact us now for a free consultation Healthline In-Home and CDS, 636-386-8323. This is an alternative to going to a nursing home and allows for you to stay in your home where your heart and love is.

Lacey Moore,   Healthline In-home and CDS, 636-386-8323



Orthopedic Seminars at Des Peres Hospital If hip or knee pain and chronic stiffness are keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Board-certified surgeons, nurses and therapists who specialize in orthopedic care. Join us at an upcoming seminar with an orthopedic specialist:

Simone Valle,  Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare),




While practicing general dentistry for many years, Dr. Michael Travis of Pine Lawn Dental has noticed an unfortunate trend with his clientele. Many people struggle to find transportation to and from the office, and instead choose to only call for an appointment when they have an emergency dental need. Treating these emergency situations is very costly, and could easily be avoided with annual preventative care. Recognizing a great need for this care, We Care Mobile Dental was created by Dr. Travis and is currently serving over 40 independent, assisted and skilled living facilities. We accept most major dental insurances as well as Medicaid. Please contact us at 314-246-8090 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website at and let us bring our services and teledentistry technology to your facility to provide prevention education and preventative procedures to you or your loved ones.

Meghan Travis,  We Care Mobile Dental, 314-276-8090,  



July 22 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Jefferson County Library

Through partnership with Jefferson County Library, the Alzheimer's Association is offering free consultations to discuss dementia and Alzheimer's related issues. Topics can include things like caregiver stress, diagnosis questions, resources and services, coping with behaviors and learning how to communicate with someone with dementia. Consultations are conducted by a social worker for an hour to answer questions and address concerns.  The consultation discussions are scheduled for Saturday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jefferson County Library - Windsor Branch, 7479 Metropolitan Boulevard, Barnhart, MO 63012.  Please register by Friday, July 21, 2017 as appointments are required. Please call 314-801-0399 to schedule your time.

Brittany Oehler,, Alzheimer's Association, 800-272-3900,



July 28 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Centerpointe Hospital for Behavioral Health

Trauma informed perspective presenter, Danny Gladden, MBA, MSW, LCSW, to present the lecture topic Oppression at CenterPointe Hospital for Behavioral Health.   Lecture presentation at no cost and is scheduled for Friday, July 28, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration at 7:30 a.m. at CenterPointe Hospital Gym, 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles, MO 63304.  Please RSVP to 636-477-2157 or by email 

Sheila Hunt,, CenterPointe Hospital, 636-345-6150,



July 18 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rendezvous Café and Wine Bar

Please come join us as we rendezvous for Alzheimer’s on Tuesday, July 18, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Rendezvous Café and Wine Bar, 217 South Main Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366.  15% of your purchase goes to fund Alzheimer’s research and services for families. We will have a 50/50 and basket drawing. In honor of our clients and wonderful caregivers, Mark and Angie will be matching Rendezvous’ 15% donation for the evening, therefore 30% of every purchase you make will go to the Alzheimer's Association. No RSVP necessary. Come, bring all your friends and help us spread the word.

Laura McCoy,, Home Instead Senior Care, 636-477-6025,



July 23 – 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ivory Perry Park

Come enjoy performance of blues star, Marquise Knox, at a free outdoor concert for the 15th Annual Ivory Perry Park Free Summer Concert Series. Marquise Knox, a local St. Louisan and a blues prodigy, may be young but has been described as an “old soul playing authentic blues”.  Concert to be held at Ivory Perry Park, 800 North Belt, 63112 (Belt at Delmar) on Sunday, July 23, 2017.  Pre-Concert Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Activities include free yoga with Yoga Buzz, arts and crafts, bounce house, face painting, chess, Bob & Jovan’s artist collage and a raffle; barbeque from nonprofit, Agape in Motion, Mi Hungry, St. Louis Kettle Corn and Parker’s Water Ice, all provide local fare. Performance is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, family,friends, and picnic (or enjoy food from the food trucks). Be prepared for an evening of fun with famous blues artist, Marquise Knox. #MarquiseKnox

Tina Pihl,, Union Communion Ministries. 314-367-2112,



July 26 and August 16 - 6:00 p.m.

RiverChase of Fenton

Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 years, join us once a month this summer at 6:00 p.m. for a fun and exciting night which includes exploring, crafting, story time and a snack. Our nature and wildlife expert, Jill Wider, will introduce you to the wonderful, wild side of nature. Each month will focus on a different theme ranging anywhere from pollinators, to "what is wild vs. pet?" to birds, frogs, and "becoming a nature detective." Fee: $10 per child (Parents are free)

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



July 27 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Schlafly’s Bottleworks

The St. Louis Banjo Club will provide an evening of free lively music played on “America’s fun instrument”, the four-string banjo. Come listen to 15 banjo players and sing along the songs you know.  Visit us at Schlaflys Bottleworks,7260 Southwest (at Manchester), St. Louis, MO 63143, on July 27th.  Table seating and full cash bar.  Full menu for food purchase.  For more information, call 314-842-3185 or visit our website 

Don Dempsey,, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-0188,



August 2 – 6:30 p.m.

Schlafly Branch Library

A Call to Conscience presents The Price of the Ticket Film Screening/Panel Discussion on August 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Schlafly Branch Library, 225 N. Euclid Avenue, 63108. In celebration of James Baldwin’s 93RD anniversary of his life, the documentary, The Price of the Ticket, will be screened followed by a panel discussion.  Light refreshments will be served.

Linda Smith,, A Call to Conscience, Inc., 314-607-8919



August 12 – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and August 13 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

District 9 Machinist Hall

Let's go to the hop.  Ladies, pull out those poodle skirts.  Gentlemen, grab those leather jackets. Join Team Show Off for the kick-off event of the Show Off Auto Show weekend in St. Louis, MO. It's the Show Off Sock Hop. We're doing the Mashed Potato, the Hully Gully and the Twist. So, come on baby, grab your tickets. Your $20 ticket includes admission to the sock hop, music, dancing, an all you can eat burger bar, an all you can eat dessert bar and a fun walk down memory lane. This all takes place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Advanced ticket purchase is required due to limited space. Tickets will not be available at the door. Get your tickets today by visiting our website at The day after the sock hop we'll see you for the 7th Annual Show Off Auto Show and Pin Up Model Contest with classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, pin ups, school supply giveaway, "LifeSavers" blood drive, indoor and outdoor vendors and so much more. That's Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Spectator admission is free. All of the events take place at District 9 Machinist Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Louis, MO, 63044.

Tracy Neal,, As You Go Events, 636-492-1750,



September 5 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

RiverChase of Fenton

Join us as we have a night of fun with our furry friends at the 5th Annual Doggie Dunk on September 5th. Proof of updated vaccinations, DHLPP and rabies required before entering the pool. Special thanks to Olde Towne Fenton Veterinary, Hospital Bentley Animal Hospital, and Ryan Fico State Farm. This event will be held rain or shine (thundering/lightening cause for cancellation). 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You will not be able to enter until designated time.  $10 per dog and handler, $7 per additional dog, max. 2 dogs per handler, $3 per each additional human.

Angie Meyer, , RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



September 6 – 9:30 a.m.

Veteran’s Honor Park

Join us for a program honoring veterans at the beautiful new Veterans Honor Park on Wednesday, September 6 at 9:30 am.  Learn about the park’s design and its mission to educate future generations on the commitment, service and sacrifices of our Armed Forces. The Veterans Honor Park is an inviting, uplifting, and engaging place for people to gather in honor of veterans. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free.  Registration is required. To register, please contact Kathy Lone at 636-812-9501 or email

Lisa Bobrzynski,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation and Arts, 636-812-9502,



September 11

Creve Coeur AMC Theater

Maturity and Its Muse and The Creve Coeur Arts Committee present the 5th annual Silver Screen Series, films celebrating creative aging through the arts. Free film Monday, September 11 "Lady in the Van" starring Maggie Smith.  Film begins at 1:00 p.m. with doors open at 12:30 p.m.  Free admission at AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd, 63141.  For additional information, contact Lynn Hamilton at

Lynn Hamilton,, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444,



September 18

Creve Coeur AMC Theater

Maturity and Its Muse and The Creve Coeur Arts Committee present the 5th annual Silver Screen Series: films celebrating creative aging through the arts. Free film Monday, September 18, "I’ll See You in My Dreams" starring Blythe Danner.   Film begins at 1:00 p.m. with doors open at 12:30 p.m.  Free Admission at AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd, 63141.  For additional information contact Lynn Hamilton at

Lynn Hamilton,, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444,



September 25

Creve Coeur AMC Theater

Maturity and Its Muse and The Creve Coeur Arts Committee present the 5th annual Silver Screen Series, films celebrating creative aging through the arts. Free film Monday, September 25, “The Notebook”, starring Ryan Gosling.  Film begins at 1:00 p.m. with doors open at 12:30 p.m.  Free admission at AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd, 63141.  For additional information, contact Lynn Hamilton at

Lynn Hamilton,, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444,



Memory Care Home Solutions takes three young professionals under their wing, adding three new interns to mentor the staff in St. Louis this fiscal year, as of July 15, 2017.  Ben Molina- University of Missouri St. Louis Jessica Parker-Saint Louis University Mackenzie Johnson- Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Memory Care Home Solutions is dedicated to mentoring young leaders who exhibit personal passion to serve families in this region. “Memory Care Home Solutions is fortunate to have these three bright young talents. I feel we will learn just from them just as much as they learn from us during their internships.” – Erin Kelley, Director of Advancement.

Nick Clark,, Memory Care Home Solutions, 314-477-4149,



Revised Opening Date of July 31

Americare, developers of the new Mattis Pointe Senior Living in South County, has announced revised plans for the campus opening following a fire that destroyed the assisted living building, which was under construction. The company plans to open the second building on the campus, which was untouched by the fire, on time July 31. The building will temporarily offer both assisted living and memory care services in each of its two separate neighborhoods, until the assisted living building is completed. The second building on campus, originally slated as memory care, will now be operating as both an assisted living and memory care residence. The building’s unique “double” design, has two separate, self-contained 16-unit neighborhoods that share a serving kitchen, and is an ideal design to provide services to both clienteles in their own separate space. Mattis Pointe Senior Living is located at 4962 Mattis Road in St. Louis. When complete the campus will include a 30-unit assisted living community as well as two 16-unit memory care assisted living buildings. For more information call 314-222-1122.

Kelley Upham,, Mattis Pointe, 314-431-2003,



September 7 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Burns Recovered and Neiman Marcus will present, More Than A Fashion Show, benefitting Midwest Children’s Burn Camp (MCBC) from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The fifth annual event raises funds for children surviving serious burn injuries, helping them find hope and build confidence to cope with their bodies. Neiman Marcus will host the elegant evening of cocktails, light bites, fashion, and special presentations from young burn survivors who will share their stories of triumph over burns. “Most of these kids have been through months or years of medical treatment. Many are left with severe scarring,” says Sheri Sherman, event co-chair. In August, the camp will celebrate its 21st year of creating fun and friendships for burn-injured kids. "Burn Camp is a week of conquering fears, learning determination, and building self-esteem, - but mostly it’s just fun” adds Sherman. For information or tickets to attend the event as well as sponsorship information contact Burns Recovered at or 314-997-2757.

Lynn Huelsmann,, Burns Recovered, 314-997-2757,



September 13 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aloha Mini-Golf and Shaved Ice

The 2nd Annual Putt-Putt tournament hosted by Debra K. Schuster & Associates will be jointly hosted this year with Care Choice Care Management. This event is free to the public and is to thank our clients, friends and colleagues with an opportunity for fun and networking so join us on Thursday, September 13, with a rain date of Friday, September 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Aloha Mini-Golf and Shaved Ice, 13502 Big Bend Rd., St. Louis MO 63122. Net proceeds are being donated to the St. Louis Chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, in honor of the inspiration and creator of this event, Lisa O'Dell. We welcome additional sponsors - anyone interested should contact Debbie Schuster at 314-991-2602 or Maria Miskovic at 636-288-1764. A great time is guaranteed for all.

Debra Schuster,, Debra K. Schuster & Associates, 314-991-2602,



September 16 – 5:45 p.m.

Crestwood Community Center

Burns Recovered presents its 12th annual trivia night, benefitting our largest and most successful program, Midwest Children's Burn Camp (MCBC) on Saturday, September 16 at Crestwood Community Center. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and trivia begins at 7:00 p.m.  The cost to participate is $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8. For more information or to reserve your table, visit or call 314-997-2757.

Lynn Huelsmann,, Burns Recovered, 314-997-2757,



November 30

Join VOYCE on November 30, 2017 for the Annual Caregiver Awards Luncheon. The Caregiver Awards Luncheon honors exceptional caregivers and lifetime achievers within the long-term care industry. Show the community you support quality long-term care: Sponsorships due August 31, 2017. Recognize your exceptional employees or volunteers: Nominations due September 30, 2017. Purchase early bird tickets: Discount tickets available through November 7, 2017. Don't miss out on the long-term care event of the year! Last year, 600 attendees honored 100 nominees from 54 organizations.

Michelle Rowe,, VOYCE, 314-918-8222,



Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic

Mercy Hyberbarics and Wound Care has started an Outpatient Ostomy Clinic at their Studt Avenue location. The clinic offers education and support services aimed at improving the quality of life for patients who have had or are going to have ostomy surgery. The goal is to help prepare patients to adapt to life with their ostomy and return to their normal activities as soon as possible. Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic is staffed by certified ostomy care nurses and nurses specially trained in the care and management of an ostomy. We provide a full range of services for patients with an ostomy, as well as fistula wound management. The clinic is located at 11700 Studt Avenue, Creve Couer, MO 63141 and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 314-989-1181 to set up your appointment today.

Lisa Hezel,, Mercy Hyperbarics and Wound Care St. Louis,




Evelyn’s House helps ‘make every moment count’ at end of life. New BJC hospice house in Creve Coeur offers compassionate care for adults, teens, children and families.  Evelyn’s House, the new BJC hospice house, located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, MO, is open and accepting patients. With 16 beds, the spacious 18,000-square-foot ranch style house, offers a full array of services and support for adults, children and their families. Features include:  16 private guest suites for adults, teens and children, walkout patio from every suite, Hospice-specialized care team, family gathering spaces with overnight accommodations, dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms, family kitchen and café, meditation room and gardens, kids and teen activity room, with a salon and spa. For more information call 314-996-8100 or visit

Cara Lotspeich,, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759,



Welcome Neighbor Yard Signs

Since 2002, Bilingual International Assistant Services has provided services for older immigrants, refugees and under-served native born citizens. Relying primarily on grants and donations for sustainability, the agency is selling "Welcome Neighbor" yard signs for $10 as a fundraiser. Signs may be obtained at our office, 1329 Macklind Ave, or delivered to mid-St. Louis County locations. For information, please contact Gail Thomas, 314-645-7600 ext. 100. To view the sign, click on:

Ellen Sherman,,  Bilingual International Assistant Services, 314-645-7800,



The Sheridan at Laumeier Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community

Mark Fontana has been named executive director of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park, a newly opened 84-unit assisted living/memory care community at 12470 Rott Road in Sunset Hills, MO. Fontana has more than 25 years of diverse experience in medical service and geriatric care administration. Prior to joining The Sheridan, the U.S. Army veteran was administrator of the Missouri Veterans Commission – St. Louis. The Sheridan at Laumeier Park is one of three senior living communities being built in metro St. Louis by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill. The other Sheridan communities are in Chesterfield and Creve Coeur.

Teresa Schroeder,, 314-721-2828



Promise Home Works

Promise Home Works, a veteran-owned and VA Certified Contractor, has achieved accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and was awarded the contract as the official installer for VA ramps in the St. Louis and surrounding area.

Lynn Potts,,  Promise Home Works, 314-494-4940,



United Access has officially welcomed Performance Mobility to the United Access family. Performance Mobility, a leading mobility dealership with nine locations across the country's western regions, is eager to help even more people with disabilities find independence on the road. Performance Mobility's mission, which is to exceed each and every customer's expectations from first contact to complete satisfaction of their needs, aligns directly with the values of United Access; we both believe in serving our customers to the best of our abilities. "The goal in bringing together two of the best companies in America is to combine the best practices of both and leverage our people, our skills and our markets to create the premier mobility dealer in the country," offers Kevin Durban, President of Performance Mobility. "We firmly believe the Performance Mobility will be a tremendous addition to United Access. However, we also recognize that this acquisition is the largest we've completed to date. We would not be able to grow so quickly without the dedicated work of each and every one of you," says Jeff Brummett, Vice President, United Access.

Nicole Huguley,,  United Access, 877-501-8267,



Trout Lodge is located only 90 minutes south of St. Louis, YMCA Trout Lodge is a country-style resort and conference center located on 5200 acres with a 360-acre lake. Trout Lodge has many fun & educational adults-only programs for those who like to travel and meet other lifelong learners, with something for every activity level. Whether in a group, as a couple or yourself, you will have an amazing time exploring new adventures and making new friends. April's programs include a trip to Elephant Rocks State park, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, zip line and much more. There will also be plenty of time to kick back and relax along the banks of the lake. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities. To receive a complete list of 2017 activities, go to, click on "Stay", click on "Adult Programs" and click on the 2017 Adult Program Guide. Or you can simply call 888-FUN-YMCA and ask for a booklet be mailed to you. Happy exploring.

Dillon Charleville,, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622,


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July 25 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free Family Caregiver Training Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This opportunity provides tools to use when caring for a loved one. Topics include monitoring and handling medications, incontinence care, home safety, proper body mechanics to protect yourself from injury, Alzheimer's/dementia awareness and handling caregiver stress. The class is taught by a Seniors Home Care registered nurse. Seating is limited, so call 314-962-2666 today to reserve a spot.

Ted Ryan,, Seniors Home Care, 314-962-2666,



August 11 – 13

Stepping Stones Camp

Taking steps toward healing BJC Hospice to hold grief retreat for kids The journey through grief and loss can be difficult and lonely, especially for a child. Stepping Stones is a weekend camp for children ages 6-12 who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend. For 17 years, Stepping Stones camp has provided a safe place to explore grief, anger and fear — balanced by plenty of fun. This year’s camp will be held August 11-13. The camp is offered at no cost to participants and is open to any child who has lost a loved one, not only those who were served by BJC Hospice. Stepping Stones camp can provide a safe space for campers to be around other people who “get it,” express feelings and share memories, and learn coping tools — while also having plenty of camp fun. Some of the activities include creating a stepping stone, team building, swimming, campfires and free time. The camp and activities are led by professional staff. Stepping Stones offers a place for children to remember and honor their loved one in an atmosphere of understanding and encouragement. For more information, email, call 314-953-1676 or visit

Cara Lotspeich,, BJC Hospice,(314-273-0759,



First Saturday of the Month at 10:30 a.m. and 3rd Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m.

Join us at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, 14561 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, Missouri. We also meet at Mercy Hospital Washington please call 636-394-0968 for days and times.

Cam Compton,,  Miracles in Progress Stroke Support, 636-394-0968




First Bank offers tips for seniors to protect themselves from elder financial abuse.  Experts call elder financial abuse the “crime of the 21st century”.  Seniors need to protect themselves from financial exploitation and abuse. To help seniors protect themselves, First Bank offers these tips:  Don’t be threatened or intimidated. Never let yourself get rushed into a deal.  Plan ahead to protect your assets and to ensure that your wishes are followed.  Check references and credentials of anyone who wants to work in your home.  Do not allow people working for you to have access to or information about your finances.  Never give personal information to anyone who phones you.  Consult with a financial advisor or attorney before signing any document you do not understand.  Never pay a fee or taxes to collect “winnings”.  Feel free to say “no”, after all, it is your money.

Greg Severin,, Lents and Associates, 314-968-3060




Do you have a family member, friend or loved one with memory problems? The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is conducting a study to see if an interactive group can help individuals improve memory and mood. Participants take part in a variety of fun activities such as music recall, art projects, historical events, life storybooks and more! The group is facilitated by a faculty member and graduate students. The participant must have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia. Participants (both the individual and caregiver) have a chance to receive up to $30 in Target gift cards throughout the study. The study runs once a week for 14 weeks at The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy (3700 Lindell Blvd. Ste 1100). To participate or simply for additional information, please contact the Primary Investigator, Max Zubatsky, at 314-977-2496 or

Max Zubatsky,, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,



Second Wednesday each Month

Brentmoor Retirement Community

Do you have a loved one with dementia? Are you looking for some activities or outings for them? Do you need a break yourself? Do you need questions answered concerning what is happening with your loved one? How about a memory cafe activity and discussion? Come Join Comfortcare HomeCare St. Louis and VITAS Healthcare for an engaging and relaxing activity, game, craft and music (Name that Tune and Karaoke). Sing those old songs with your loved ones or paint a picture. Each month has a different theme and activity, All the activities are customized for those with Dementia such as Alzheimers, Frontal Temporal etc., ranging from the early stages to late stage. Feel free to bring them along. We will also discuss any concerns with Dementia care and how to overcome them. Events held the second Wednesday each month at 2:00 p.m. at Brentmoor Retirement Community, 8600 Delmar Blvd # 1200, St. Louis, MO 63124. Free to attend, RSVP is required 314-965-6900

Angela Haas,, ComForCare St. Louis, 314-277-0851



Third Wednesday of the Month

Bethesda Health Group

Join us to discuss the challenges that come with caregiving and find solutions in a supportive group setting. The third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Bethesda Health Group, Inc., 1630 Des Peres Road Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63131.  This is open to all caregivers. Caregiving can be immediate physical care or long-distance care provided to family, friend, or loved one. All caregivers have concerns and insights to share; we welcome all types.  The group is presented as a free service of Bethesda Hospice Care. For more information or questions, please feel free to contact the Bethesda Bereavement Team at 314-373-7025. Leslie Schaffer, LMSW, Kelly Haner, LMSW, Bereavement Coordinator Bereavement Assistant or 

Kelly  Haner,, Bethesda Hospice Care, 314-373-7025,




Fourth Wednesday of the Month

Alzheimer’s Association Office

The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter is now offering a Fronto-Temporal Dementia Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. beginning March 2017. The support group will meet at the Alzheimer’s Association office located at 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132. This is a free group for caregivers of someone who has Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Pick’s Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, or Corticobasal Syndrome. A caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. Before attending, please call the facilitator to confirm the group is meeting at its usual date and time, and to check for specific directions to the meeting location. Group Facilitators: Ashley Blattel, 636-262-0163.

Lindy Noel,, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900,



Morrissey Hall at Saint Louis University

Are you a caregiver of a loved one with dementia and looking for a group or activity for them to engage in? The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is now running social groups for those with mild to moderate dementia. The purpose of the group is to help improve cognition and memory in those with dementia, while helping them engage with others in a group format. The first group will look to start in mid-May. Groups are usually 75 minutes long and are twice per week over seven weeks. They take place in Morrissey Hall at the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy. For further details or to sign up, please contact Max Zubatsky at 314-977-2496 or email at

Max Zubatsky,, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,

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